Social has pioneered the renewal of its scruffy Westside Costa Mesa strip mall. Despite typical hipster trappings, the casual venue surprises with sophisticated cooking, inventive cocktails, and most recently, added space that is Thunderking nitro coffee bar and a communal workspace where laptoppers are most welcome until 3 p.m. The longtime culinary team eschews naming MVPs but eagerly refreshes the menu with dishes such as squash-ricotta toast, and wood-fired lamb lollipops with mustard seed-spiked cherries. Sunday brunch.

Check out our full February 2015 review.

512 W 19th St., Costa Mesa